If you need a new HVAC unit, the sheer number of choices out there can be confusing. How can you decide which system to purchase? What size do you need? What features? You may feel intimidated by the vast selection to choose from. If there are too many choices, then use the following suggestions to help you choose the best system for you.
If you struggle with your HVAC, try touring your home before calling a professional. Note which of your rooms are hot and which are cold. Doing so can help your technician fix your HVAC issue quickly.
Clean the debris off your outdoor condenser unit. Debris quickly gathers here, even more so if there is a storm. This can cause major issues with your system. Overheating may be the result if you don’t.
Be sure to clean the fan blades and coils of the condenser fan. Before you do anything, however, turn the power off. Then remove the grill, remove the blades and clean it from top to bottom gently.
Make sure clippings don’t get on your outdoor units when your mowing your lawn. Make sure you shoot the clippings in the other direction from the unit. Also do this when blowing leaves or shoveling snow.
If the condenser fan has oil parts, then you need to lubricate it at least once per year. These ports are typically covered with caps made of metal or rubber. Use SAE 20 oil that is non-detergent and lightweight, and put 10 drops or fewer in each port, but make sure to avoid overfilling them.
When selecting a location for an outdoor compressor, opt for a shady area, if possible. The unit will operate more efficiently to cool your home if the intake air is cooler to begin with.
Have the HVAC system serviced twice per year. Check into it twice a year before you head into the hot and cold months. Regular inspection will help you avoid unexpected repairs.
Service your HVAC unit at least one time a year. During your service visit, the serviceman will inspect the unit’s motor, oil the unit’s moving parts and ensure the unit has proper freon levels. This maintenance means that your system will operate optimally.
To help lower cooling costs when not at home, make sure the air conditioner is turned off. By raising the temperature from, for example 78 to 80, your house will be warmer, but only up to 80 before your AC kicks in. If you decide to set the temperature to 82 or 83 or so on, your AC won’t go on until it reaches that temperature. If will be constantly fighting the heat and using lots of electricity if it is left on all day.
Many people find themselves confused as to what type of HVAC system they need for their location. That decision just became a little bit easier though, now that you have the advice of experts in hand. Review these tips and use them to make a selection. It will help you keep your home comfy.